X’s & O’s

This series is inspired by the crossbeams of the Ben Franklin Bridge and optical illusions I saw at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia Pa.

The idea is simple.   The design is all about exploring the X and O shapes.  I was surprised by all of the options!

Cellular 

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Cellular is a smaller version of Contagious (below) I made for experimentation. I really enjoyed working with such simplicity.Blue: low water immersion dyed.  Black and white: commercial cotton.Quilted in matching rayon thread.  Hand stitching: embroidery thread.

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in progress  

On the same thread of Cellular (above) but using a different technique.  These are individual pieces cut using a freezer paper pattern then sewn together.There are some construction issues I’m not happy with so I have a bit of hand sewing to fix the problems.Blue: low water immersion dye on cotton.  Red: silk.  Black and White: commercial cotton.Quilted with matching rayon thread with exception to silver metallic thread on the red.

Whirls

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Studying the way Optical illusions work, I attempted to create a spinning illusion.

These individual circles were a technical feat!  It took several attempts to get the individual squares lined up correctly.  The piece is almost finished.  I am attaching layers of rope behind each circle make the piece three dimensional and hand sewing black cotton around the edges to hide the rope.  Next is figuring a practical way to hang it.

Bulls Eye

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Still stitching!  This is my first entirely hand sewn quilt, including the piecing.  It’s slow going because I usually sit down with it at festivals I’m working or watching a movie.Patience…..All commercial fabrics.  Light gray embroidery thread used for quilting.

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in progress

 This quilt utilizes reverse applique, which means the design is sewn on several layers of fabric.  Then each shape is cut away revealing the layers underneath.I began couching my favorite yarn, a multi-color with metallic threads, around the edges of the revealed shapes.

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